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Elon Musk says Twitter will kind a content material moderation ‘council’ earlier than deciding on Trump

Elon Musk has solely been accountable for Twitter for a short while, however he’s already making large strikes. Musk fired quite a lot of key executives on day one together with Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, however in a brand new tweet he claims he’ll be transferring extra slowly relating to making content material moderation selections.

Musk hasn’t mentioned a lot since taking on at Twitter, however he’ll apparently kind some type of coverage advisory physique to supervise content material moderation selections. Musk mentioned the group will mirror “numerous viewpoints” although we’ll definitely have to attend and see on that one.

Importantly, Musk says he gained’t be making any main selections or account reinstatements— i.e. restoring former President Donald Trump — earlier than the council is put in place. As a result of it’s Musk that may occur inside hours or it won’t occur in any respect, it’s laborious to say.

On Thursday, Musk additionally let go of Vijaya Gadde, a well-respected high coverage government on the firm who helped it navigate advanced authorized and moderation points for greater than 11 years. Eliminating Gadde was a sign {that a} new period with totally different choice making is starting, for higher or worse.

The tweet is probably going extra balm for skittish advertisers cautious of Musk instantly turning the platform into an anything-goes mess of harassment, hate and misinformation. Whereas Twitter arguably already meets that description with current ranges of moderation in place, advertisers are anticipating any main shifts within the type of content material allowed on the platform and the way it would possibly adversely have an effect on their manufacturers.

Musk would possibly assume that is an unique thought, however Twitter already consults a belief and security council to advise its product and coverage selections. The council — it’s already known as a council — consisted initially of 40 organizations and specialists that suggested it in difficult coverage areas. That group served in additional of an advisory capability, and in contrast to with Meta’s Oversight Board, it wasn’t designed to create binding selections.

First introduced in 2016, Twitter expanded the entity in 2020 to kind teams devoted to particular troublesome subjects, together with security and on-line harassment, digital rights, youngster sexual exploitation and suicide prevention. “Lots of what we at the moment do, reminiscent of ongoing conferences with NGOs, activists and different organizations is at all times a part of our course of, however we haven’t completed sufficient to share that externally,” Twitter wrote on the time.

It’s doable Musk has one thing extra just like the Oversight Board in thoughts relating to content material moderation choice making, however all the things from the individuals who wind up serving on a hypothetical council to the character of the group’s impression is more likely to be controversial.

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